LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The residents of Cline Street watch out for each other, but on the morning of March 24, 2007, someone got a way with the brutal attack on a disabled 41-year-old woman.
"While she was in her residence, sleeping and living by herself a black male entered the residence, forced himself upon her and raped her. After the rape he beat her with some items in the house until she was rendered unconscious," said Lake Charles Police Sgt. Mark Kraus.
Kraus says the victim would undergo another beating after waking up as the suspect rummaged through her belongings. She would regain consciousness a third time before he left.
"At that point he picked up a mop, lit the mop on fire throwing it in her direction and we can only assume in hopes that it would burn the house down and kill the victim in this case," said Kraus.
Leaving her for dead inside the burning home, the victim did manage to escape - crawling to safety to a neighbors house where they called 911. Despite the fire, investigators were able to lift some evidence from the scene.
"They also retrieved evidence from the victim in a DNA profile which was not yet enough and I say 'yet' because technology is always moving forward to identify the person who it is," explained Kraus.
What they do know is the suspect is a black male, approximately 5'6", 200 pounds between the age of 30 and 40 years old. And even though it's been more than two years they believe someone watching knows something.
By and large our cases are solved by people who call and say 'I think this is going to turn out to be nothing,' and it turns out to be that one little piece of the puzzle that really turns the case around," said Kraus.